Al-Qaeda wants to portray Narendra Modi as enemy of Islam: US analyst

This video, the first from Zawahiri this year, should be taken very seriously, said US' top expert on counter-terrorism.

By: Press Trust of India | Washington | Published:September 5, 2014 10:45 am
The creation of the group called "Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent" was announced by As Sahab, al-Qaeda's official media outlet, in a lengthy video posted on social media sites including YouTube. The creation of the group called “Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent” was announced by As Sahab, al-Qaeda’s official media outlet, in a lengthy video posted on social media sites including YouTube.

Al-Qaeda, which has announced the creation of a separate wing for India, wants to portray Prime Minister Narendra Modi as an enemy of Islam and as such India should take its threat “very seriously”, a well-known American counter-terror expert said on Friday even as the US tried to downplay the terrorist outfit’s capabilities.

“This video, the first from (al-Qaeda leader Ayman Al-) Zawahiri this year, should be taken very seriously. Al-Qaeda wants to portray Prime Minister Modi as an enemy of Islam,” ex-CIA analyst Bruce Riedel, who is considered to be one of the US’ top experts on counter-terrorism, told PTI.

“From its base in Pakistan and with its close links to Lashkar-e-Taiba, al-Qaeda is a dangerous menace to India,” Riedel said when asked about the latest video of Zawahiri announcing al-Qaeda’s creation of a new branch for the Indian subcontinent to wage jihad in India, including in Kashmir, Gujarat and Assam with the goal of establishing a caliphate and impose sharia ranging from Afghanistan to Myanmar.

Zawahiri had announced new branch of al-Qaeda called “Qaedat al-Jihad in the Indian Subcontinent”, “seeking to raise the flag of jihad, return Islamic rule, and imposing Sharia across the Indian subcontinent,” in the video which was posted on various social media websites including YouTube.

Reiterating that the new Indian government should take the threat very seriously, Riedel said that New Delhi should increase its counter-terrorism co-operation with the US and Afghanistan.

After the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, counter-terrorism cooperation between India and the US has increased significantly.

The US, however, is yet verify the authenticity of the video or the creation of a new wing of al-Qaeda.

“We haven’t been able to verify that yet. Obviously, we’re looking to see if there’s more information we can get about this here,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters at her daily news conference.

“We also don’t regard this announcement as an indication of any new capabilities by al-Qaeda,” she said.

At the same time, she reiterated that the US remains committed to dismantling al-Qaeda anywhere that it poses a threat to the US and make sure that it doesn’t renew its threat to America.

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    AP
    Sep 5, 2014 at 10:46 am
    Don't post comments by changing the name. And if you are so over sympathetic about Muslims then go and stay in stan.
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      AP
      Sep 5, 2014 at 10:48 am
      I don't thing if someone come and slap you, you would like to handover your posterior for further slapping. There will be retaliation.
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        AP
        Sep 5, 2014 at 11:06 pm
        This is been said by a person who sympathizes with ISIS? Any logic or rationale behind it?World knows who represents uncivilized crowd Junaidbhai
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          AS
          Sep 5, 2014 at 6:56 am
          Indian's are also ready to slaughter all these pig's....
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            abhay
            Sep 5, 2014 at 6:11 pm
            muslims are their own biggest enemy.muslims know ABU SUFIYA never fully accepted islam.his son muwabiya tried to kill hazarat ali.hazarat ali offered truce and this cost him his life as his own supportet kharjites stabbed him to death during namaz.. muwabiya's yazid murdered hazarat hussein(hazarat ali's son) in the battle of karbala,iraq.
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              Aryabharata
              Sep 5, 2014 at 5:07 pm
              Yo hindu brothers, enough is enough of being a hian with his ahimsa policy. We have been sissified by this very mindset and nobody seems to acknowledge this fact. Believe me guys, the world is a nasty place. If you cant even handle the lowly sbags (muslims), how are you going to take on the mighty americans, english, germans, s and a lot more who takes a piece of your meat everytime you buy their products. Wake up guys. Merely relying on mantras to numerous gods alone is not enough. They have forsaken us all this while where millions of hindus are butchered by the s mughals for hundreds of years only to be followed by conniving british colonials who sucked us dry. We have lost everything including our self ideny and self esteem. Now, the only way forward is to rise brother. Wake up the sleeping lion in you and start roaring again. If only 1.2 billion indians wakes up and start kicking of all these s and reclaim back all our lost glory...The sooner the better. Sensitise yourself of the all happenings in your environment of all their devious agenda and whack them good and proper. Vande Mataram.
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                Singh
                Sep 6, 2014 at 5:25 am
                India should do what she thinks is best for her interests and not listen to so called "experts", especially from the USA, who payroll ($3 billion annually) and supply the stani Army. USA looks after it's own interests, which include supporting the stani Army, and India should look after it's own interests which include dealing with daily cease fire violations by the stani Army.
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                  Chanpn
                  Sep 5, 2014 at 3:20 pm
                  Yes, that's right , there is no doubt how the fanatics will treat the secularists when they reach here! They will also have to run away without anybody to protect them.
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                    Forward
                    Sep 5, 2014 at 11:04 am
                    Modi is indeed an enemy of Islam and Muslims. Thats not a new story.
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                      Forward
                      Sep 5, 2014 at 11:06 am
                      Yes, all the public money now be spent on securing the person who killed thousands of innocent kids and helpless women.
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                        Forward
                        Sep 5, 2014 at 11:05 am
                        You dont have any right to ask anyone to go to any country. If you are so well insterested then you are free to leave this country.
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                          Dave Brish
                          Sep 5, 2014 at 1:58 pm
                          in INDO-PAK war , these savages from India will side with STHAN.if war breaks out again , ( imagine the death toll in IRAQ and SYRIA in last few months) ( now there are many extremist groups have been formed under the influence of ISIS in INDIA)then situation here will be at its worst.its u people are uncivilized
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                            Shalashaska
                            Sep 5, 2014 at 11:43 pm
                            Go back to stan, Please.
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                              Shalashaska
                              Sep 5, 2014 at 10:02 am
                              The jihadists and fanatics must be dealt with an iron fist. Crush them. No place for such uncivilized barbarians in the modern world.
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                                Jaywant Nitturkar
                                Sep 5, 2014 at 8:25 pm
                                He certainly is enemy of the likes of Islamic State (ISIS) who has butchered 100,000 Shias just in Syria and Iraq! So is Obama and rest of the civilized world who saw how an innocent American Journalist was beheaded by some ISIS barbarian.
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                                  junaid
                                  Sep 5, 2014 at 12:05 pm
                                  people like you AP define the uncivilized crowd of india. get a life.
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                                    Ramanathan
                                    Sep 5, 2014 at 11:46 pm
                                    When people thinks hindus are enemies of Islam and Muslim, the problem starts then. Why do you create this hate between people? This people are also no different from hindu extremists. They are planting poison seed in the mind of people. If anyone doesn't comply with the ideology of shared accommodation then obviously they are not indian minded people. Whether it is "Forward" or Backward.
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                                      k.madhukar
                                      Sep 6, 2014 at 3:50 pm
                                      Are Muslims in Muslim majority countries tolerant of Christians and followers of other religions?remove your blinkers and reply.
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                                        k.madhukar
                                        Sep 5, 2014 at 10:09 am
                                        portraying Mr Modi as enemy of Islam has already been tried by India's sickularists for the last ten years, but it did not succeed with the general poce.
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                                          M.P. Rao
                                          Sep 5, 2014 at 6:49 am
                                          1) We cannot forget the History of al Qaeda, it was sheltered, armed, equipped andshared intelligence with and exported from the soil of stan - funded by USA - along with Taliban to Afghanistan to dislodge the Soviet-backed regime of Mohammad Najibullah in 1992.2) After overthrowing the previous regime, the Taliban umed govt. of Afghanistan,under whose shelter al Qaeda successfully executed terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 – on the twin trade towers in New York City, USA, Moud's United Front troops and United Front troops of Abdul Rashid Dostum (who returned from exile) ousted the Taliban from power in Kabul with American air support in Operation Enduring Freedom.3) When Taliban & al Qaeda had to run away from Afghanistan, it’s again stan that gave shelter to them, of these two the founder of Osama bi Laden was killed in abbotabad, stan and even USA negotiated with the Taliban leadership while withdrawing from Afghanistan at the Pak-Afghan borders.4) The last of stan based Terrorist attacks in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Regionof China (the socalled all-season friend of stan) and Chechnya and Dagestan in Russia.5) stan will never let go its friendship with those Terrorist enies till it’s totally eliminated from the geography of map by those countries that have been affected by the Terrorist attacks supported by stan.
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                                            Paddy Singh
                                            Sep 5, 2014 at 6:42 am
                                            The problem is that Modi is anti Muslim, and the generation today is racist and intolerant against Muslims as well as Christians from the NE and fellow Hindus from different states. Today's India is a far cry from the India that got its independence in '47 right to the early 70s. Then slowly we sank into a mor of violence which I attribute to Indira and Sanjay hi. With the various Senas that have the backing of the the wrong people in the BJP see will suffer.
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